Arnold Johnson, age 90

Arnold Johnson


Arnold Johnson, age 90, of Wall, S.D., died on Thursday, June 2, 2016, at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip .
Arnold Garfield Johnson was born Dec. 5, 1925, on his parents’ homestead at Duhamel Flatt, the son of John X. and Inga (Rorvig) Johnson. 
He attended rural school in that area and later Wall High School. Arnold logged in the Black Hills for a short time before going to work as a trucker for Dave Whitwer. 
Arnold was united in marriage to Minnie Dorthea Geigle at his home in 1946. They made their home on the place 13 miles north of Quinn, where, for the most part, lived their entire married life. Arnold served on the township board for many years.
Minnie preceded him in death on Nov. 6, 1982. 
In 1998, Arnold moved to Prairie Village in Wall, and in January 2008, moved to Philip Nursing Home, where he has since resided. 
He enjoyed gambling and never missed a trip on the bus to Deadwood.
Survivors include his son, Jim Johnson and his wife, Jean, of Wall; a son-in-law, Dale Kjerstad of Hill City; six grandchildren, Jamie, Jason and Jeff Kjerstad, all of Rapid City, and Jana Bielmaier and her husband, Craig, of Wall, Jackie Roseth and her husband, Thor, of Philip, and Jennifer Johnson of Wall; five great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Minnie, Arnold was preceded in death by his daughter, Bonnie Kjerstad; three brothers, Melvin, Sylvan and Leonard Johnson; and four sisters, Juliette Sheddon, Opal Hinkleday, Lillian Weeks and Violet Johnson.
Graveside services were held Monday, June 6, at the Wall Cemetery, with Pastor Curtis Garland officiating.
Pallbearers were Jamie, Jason and Jeff Kjerstad, Thor Roseth, Craig Bielmaier and Darwin Geigle.
Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.
His online guestbook is available at www.rushfuneralhome. com

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